Excuse me, but only bad English as a second language is a handicap. (Any good speaker has about the same chances to pass as an American grad.) On the other hand, poor medical knowledge in native English is an even bigger one. But I agree, anesthesia in the 90's tended to attract a number of "undesirables", which is exactly where we are headed again.I think the correct explanation for the pass nadir in the 90s is simply that in those gloomy days programs underfilled with marginal residents and a lot of FMGs (English as a 2nd language is a big oral board handicap).
If you have passed all 3 ITE's (scored at least 32), there is a 92% probability that you'll pass the written on the first try.I have a very bad feeling I will be retaking this test. Keep remembering so many dumb mistakes. Nothing I can do now though. Always did well on ite's too
I would. But that's just me.Got a 39 on my last ITE but I still feel like **** after this one. I would never look down upon anyone that failed. Hard test, so much range to it.
Totally disagree that there is a wide margin between a good and poor score. It is actually quite narrow. How do I know this? I took my last ITE score, which was the 30%, added the total number I got right, and compared it to the number you had to get right to be in the 50% (the report provides the breakdown for the 50%, 75%, and 90% I believe). The difference? 5 QUESTIONS. Yup, you can jump up 20% points by simply answering 5 more questions correctly. Conceivably then just a few questions wrong could bump someone near the mean into the fail category. This is why I think any one can fail this exam, particularly if you had a set of questions that dont jive with your knowledge base....or if you just had a bad day. Good luck to all who suffered through this beast! The worst part is sitting around for a month wondering if I failed.I would. But that's just me.
There is a huge difference between a good score and a passing score. Failing the written puts the person in the bottom 20% of the specialty. All of my classmates who failed had also done poorly on their ITEs and USMLE Steps, so there is usually a pattern. And no, it's not dyslexia or whatever the latest popular excuse is.
I hope they don't scale it like that. That assumes everyone is doing the same thing. I am one of the 2nd day test takers, and did not communicate with any test-takers from the day prior before taking my exam.So word on the street is that those who took the exam today had the same exact set of questions as those who took it yesterday.
Pretty unfair IMO...unless they scale the results by day taken, the test-takers today would have had an enormous advantage.
Are you taking about the Basics Exam (Ca-1 year) or the regular written exam (Ca-3 year). I think everyone on this thread is talking about the CA-3 written test.This is the first year this specific exam was offered. I briefly spoke with a co-resident after my test, a few questions, there were differences in questions. I didn't want to think about the test any more at that time so didn't discuss it too much. Hope some other test-takers here can let us know if the tests were definitely the same, or if they are different. I can't imagine the ABA being blind enough to miss something like this.
The ITEs were split over 2 days, though, similar to this (half my class on one day, half another day), but I don't recall reading about this issue.
And, also, I didn't notice this wacky table everyone is talking about. Unless I was so stressed I didn't see the mistake.
It would be naive to think that people don't share exam questions with their classmates and friends. Hopefully it is rare, but I'm 99.99% sure it has/did happen.Perhaps the ABA assumes that:
1. when you check the box saying you are not going to share exam questions or answers with anyone that you are actually telling the truth
2. That you are a professional
3. That you are not dumb enough to share test questions for an exam that is graded on a curve